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Fox fires Steve "Psycho" Lyons after insensitive comment

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by rikesh316, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. rikesh316

    rikesh316 Member

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=2625488

    DETROIT -- Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been
    fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at
    colleague Lou Piniella's Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3
    of the American League championship series.

    The network confirmed Saturday that Lyons was dismissed after
    Friday's comments. He has been replaced for the remainder of the
    series by Los Angeles Angels announcer Jose Mota.

    "Steve Lyons has been relieved of his Fox Sports duties for
    making comments on air that the company found inappropriate,"
    network spokesman Dan Bell said.

    Lyons had been working in the booth for the ALCS alongside Thom
    Brennaman and Piniella.

    Piniella, approached before Saturday's Game 4, declined to
    comment on the situation except to say: "No, he's not here
    today."
     
  2. MR. MEOWGI

    MR. MEOWGI Contributing Member

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    Well, what did he say?
     
  3. Mr. Brightside

    Mr. Brightside Contributing Member

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    What did he say exactly?


    EDIT: rescind your post, Meogwi! :D
     
  4. rikesh316

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-alcs-fox-lyonsfired&prov=ap&type=lgns

    In the second inning of Friday's game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A's infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro's production to finding a "wallet on Friday" and hoping it happened again the next week.

    Later, Piniella said the A's needed Thomas to get "en fuego" -- hot in Spanish -- because he was currently "frio" -- or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up.

    Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet."

    "I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," Lyons continued.
     
  5. pgabriel

    pgabriel Educated Negro

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    I don't get it
     
  6. MR. MEOWGI

    MR. MEOWGI Contributing Member

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    me too.
     
  7. Mr. Brightside

    Mr. Brightside Contributing Member

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    me neither.
     
  8. LongTimeFan

    LongTimeFan Contributing Member

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    Maybe he was suggesting the guy stole his wallet? ..I got nothing.
     
  9. Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez The Music Man

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    Make me the fourth one not to get it. Maybe Swoly will see this thread and comment on what Lyons said.
     
  10. Nick

    Nick Contributing Member

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    uhhh. yea...

    Maybe Lyons was fired for being unfunny... then again, Pinellia's "joke" was worse.
     
  11. Nick

    Nick Contributing Member

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    On second read, it was probably this comment: "I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," that probably got Pinella steamed, which resulted in Fox execs actually examining the transcript.

    What does it matter... Lyons was never that good, and Pinella is leaving to manage the hapless cubs (who he'll probably quit on some point in 2008).
     
  12. Van Gundier

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    I think the reason he got fired is that his remarks could be interpreted as suggesting that Latino guys steal wallets.
     
  13. Buck Turgidson

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    So far this postseason, Lyons - a guy whose only claim to fame is dropping trou on television - has:

    1. Mocked a sight-impaired fan;
    2. Mocked Pinella for taking the Tampa job, which he took to be near his dying father;
    3. Mocked Pinella for being bilingual.

    Douchebag, terrible announcer, and general all-around dumbass. Buh-bye, Lyons, shoulda happened years ago. Can you take Buck & McCarver with you?
     
  14. rrj_gamz

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    yo tambien...it must have been the context and delivery...
     
  15. MR. MEOWGI

    MR. MEOWGI Contributing Member

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    Wasn't Pinella found with Mrs. Neusebalm's credit card?
     
  16. thegary

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    could have just been an excuse to can the idiot. he has no business being on the air making america stupider. good riddance.
     
  17. rikesh316

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    This is off topic, but whats up with Fox's rader gun. They have all these pitches recorded as 98 mph from pitcher who don't throw that hard. I remeber Nate Robertson, who's fastball is usually 91 mph, was throwing 97 mph fastball according to Fox.
     
  18. Xenon

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    Wow, some of you guys are pretty dense. How do you not understand the joke? It definately was insensitive, but I think its silly to fire people over comments like this. A warning should be enough and if he does it again then suspend him or something.
     
  19. geeimsobored

    geeimsobored Contributing Member

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    And yet its steve lyons so I'm really not all that bummed out. Now find a way to give McCarver the heave ho.
     
  20. Aceshigh7

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    Lyons was a good broadcaster. That he got fired for that is completely ridiculous and political correctness run amok.

    Shame on Fox. I didn't think it was possible for me to dislike their broadcast any more than I did. But I do now.
     

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